Paul Nizan: conspiracy and the contemplation of crime

Ruggiero, Vincenzo ORCID: (2016) Paul Nizan: conspiracy and the contemplation of crime. Crime, Media, Culture, 12 (1) . pp. 3-15. ISSN 1741-6590 [Article] (doi:10.1177/1741659015596113)

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Paul Nizan (1905-1940) is also known in France as the ‘impossible communist’, for his long-term allegiance to the Party and the abrupt cancellation of his membership, in the late 1930s, following the Nazi-Soviet pact. This paper discusses a number of his writings, focusing particularly on his best known novel, The Conspiracy, where a revolutionary cell plans illegal political action. Conflict, nihilism, suicide and betrayal are among the topics stemming from the novel, which will be examined from a criminological perspective. The analysis will primarily address ‘cultural’ aspects of crime and refer to notions such as ‘thrill’ and ‘seductions of crime’ among others. These notions, it will be argued, require some revision in the face of the imagined or actual criminality described in the novel.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online before print August 5, 2015
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 17365
Notes on copyright: Vincenzo Ruggiero, Paul Nizan: Conspiracy and the contemplation of crime,Crime, Media, Culture, Vol 12, Issue 1, pp. 3 - 15. Copyright © 2015 (The Author). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2015 09:20
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 05:35

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